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Microsoft is going digging for old Atari games

- April 10th, 2014

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Video game legend has it that in 1983, Atari Inc. buried thousands of copies of the huge flop E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, along with unsold computers, consoles and copies of Pac-Man, in a landfill in New Mexico.

There were news stories about it at the time, but details differed. The E.T.-centric aspect is only a theory, and some skeptics have suggested the whole thing is nothing but an urban legend. But now, Microsoft is setting out to discover the truth.

Become a part of gamer history. Unearth the truth behind the ultimate urban legend. We’re excited to announce that the excavation of the long-rumored “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” video game burial site will occur on April 26, 2014 and will be open to the public. Spectators are invited to watch the team uncover the infamous Atari game cartridge grave.

The Atari Corporation – faced with overwhelmingly negative response to the “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” video game – allegedly disposed of millions of unsold game cartridges by burying them in the small town of Alamogordo, New Mexico in 1983. Fuel Entertainment took an interest in the legend, and in December 2013, with help from local garbage contractor Joe Lewandowski, acquired the exclusive rights to excavate the Alamogordo landfill. Fuel Entertainment brought the opportunity to Xbox Entertainment Studios, and now, as part of a documentary series (developed by Xbox Entertainment Studios and two-time Academy Award® winning producer Simon Chinn and Emmy winning producer Jonathan Chinn, through their multi-platform media company, Lightbox), the team will excavate the legendary New Mexico landfill to reveal the true story of Atari’s bizarre burial.

If you’re in Alamogordo on April 26 between 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., you can head over and watch live as massive corporations attempt to unearth E.T.

Atari files for Chapter 11 in U.S.

- January 21st, 2013
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Atari has filed for bankruptcy protection in the U.S., according to a press release.

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